Keeping the Games Safe

It's safe to say preparations for the first Olympiad were minor compared for what's planned for the summer Olympics, scheduled to open Friday in Athens, Greece, where those first games were held thousands of years ago.

One and a half billion dollars has been spent on security in the Greek capital, but there are still questions as to whether the games will be safe.

A Marietta man, who worked on security for the 2002 Games in Salt Lake City, says there are good reasons for those concerns.

"A terrorist group looks for the biggest stage to get their point across," says Howard Korn, Director of Campus Security for Marietta College. "They're interested in a major impact. An Olympics covered by national networks across the world to the most amount of people is probably one of the biggest stages anyone could ever exhibit on, so the Olympics are certainly one of the large stages."

Korn adds, however, that officials learned a lot from the Salt Lake City games, which happened just months after the September 11, 2001 attacks on America, and still came and went without any security problems.

You can see the opening ceremonies of the games Friday night on WTAP beginning at 8 p.m.


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